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breaking news tonight. executive action. the president goes around congress to extend some unemployment benefits. and the new payroll tax holiday. what it means for you. super spreader fears. what could be the largest gathering since the pandemic began. hundreds of thousands of bikers expected in a tiny southakota city. while in two other states hundreds of kids are in quarantine after students tested positive just days after school started. delay of games. cancels the season as students return to campus across the country this weekend. at one college
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students already suspended for violating quarantine. uprising in the streets. deadly clashes between protesters and police in beirut. demonstrators demanding action after the massive explosion this week. the secret visit to joe biden. michigan's governor meeting one-on-one with the former vice president as biden teases the media with this. >> have you picked a running mate yet? >> yeah i have. >> and the big winner. the woman who won the lottery then gave it away to help an injured police officer. what his colleagues did in return. >> this is "nbc nightly news" with jose diaz balart. good evening. we begin with breaking news. president trump bypassed congress today signing executive orders offering relief for millions of unemployed americans including an extra $400 a week, that is $200 less than it was previously. it also includes
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action to defer payroll taxes, which could have an immediate impact on most americans' paychecks. but there are questions tonight about whether the president has the legal authority for these actions. passes 5 million covid cases today. we begin with kelly o'donnell traveling with the president. ♪ >> reporter: today from his trump branded private club the president conducted white house business. >> thank you. >> reporter: executive actions to provide covid related financial relief. >> i'm taking executive actions to provide relief to the american workers. >> reporter: with the power of the pen going around congress. today the president set a new, enhanced weekly unemployment benefit but at a lower rate tha decide on $400 when previously families were receiving $600? that will be a hardship for many. what do you say to them? >> no, it is not a hardship. this is the money they need.
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this is the money they want and gives them a great incentive to go back to work. >> reporter: among the other new orders deferred payroll taxes through the end of the year. extend the eviction moratorium. defer student loan payments. forgive interest. however, congress controls government spending so the president said he expects legal challenges which could slow things down. he also used today to campaign against joe biden. >> biden is totally controlled now by the bernie sanders left wing of the party. >> reporter: for a second straight day the president invited club members to watch his news conference and jeer the media. friday members did not keep a social distance and most did not wear masks initially until some were provided. more were passed out today. >> kelly, how quickly could these benefits reach americans? >> reporter: well, jose, the president could only say very
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soon when he was talking about the enhanced unemployment benefits and that is in part because states would have to pay part of the costs. that could be another hurdle. he also argued that because of the urgent need to get this money in people's hands, it may be a reason to to sue him over these authorities. jose? >> kelly o'donnell in bridgewater, new jersey. thank you. as covid cases in the u.s. pass the 5 million mark a small city in south dakota is getting a lot of attention this weekend for hosting a massive rally that some fear could spark a new outbreak. kathy park reports from south dakota. >> reporter: the largest motorcycle rally in the world packing sturgis, south dakota during the pandemic. >> you just got to do it. there is not a reason not to. public gathering since the start of the outbreak. hundreds of thousands are expected. masks are encouraged but not required keeping with state guidelines.
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many choosing to go without one. >> you just be careful. you can't not live life. >> reporter: despite the state's low number of reported cases, a majority of the concerned about a super spreader event. the powers that be didn't stop this or at least try to stop it. i think there's going to be serious consequences. >> reporter: consequences of the pandemic already felt in schools across the country as students start returning to class. the largest school district in georgia now dealing with the fallout of an outbreak. more than 250 students and eight teachers in quarantine after at least 11 students and ten staff members in cherokee county tested positive for the virus. in a letter the superintendent warning, we have students and staff reporting presumptive, pending, and positive covid-19 tests every day. and this will continue as we operate schools duri overwhelmingly wanted their kids back in school.dispatcher and i work
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night shift. and coming home to try to teach digitally wasn't feasible for us. >> reporter: just a week after schools reopened in in corinth, mississippi, 100 students were sent into quarantine. six students and one staff member were covid positive. college sports also taking a hit. the mid american conference becoming the first collegiate conference to postpone all fall sports including football. back in sturgis, worries over what may happen after all of the visitors roll out. >> kathy joins from us sturgis. is the city taking any coronavirus precautions? >> reporter: well, jose, there are hand sanitizing stations along main street and crews are out every night disinfecting streets as well as sidewalks and the city
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will be offering free testing to residents one week after the rally wraps up. jose? >> thank you. it is down to the wire for joe biden's big decision on a running mate. it could come next week. today we got surprising new clues as to who may be on the short list. >> have you picked a running mate yet? >> reporter: biden on a bike ride in rehoboth beach, delaware stoking speculation about his pick for a vice president. >> yeah i have. >> who is it? >> you. >> reporter: kidding aside the choice is crucial to biden's campaign and democrats are eager for a decision. democratic sources telling nbc news michigan governor gretchen whitmer met with biden for several hours last weekend. eagle-eyed aviators spotted flight records of a private plane flying from lansing to delaware. >> you've got a nominee who is trying to vett a running mate as carefully as possible to make sure there are no surprises
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and at the same time you have a nominee who wants to make an announcement that catches everyone by surprise. he doesn't want to be scooped. >> reporter: tinted windows on motorcades outside biden's house and public speculation about other in-person interviews a few hallmarks of the ever secretive process. a source familiar with the process tells nbc news senator kamala harris and former obama national security adviser susan rice are in the final round of consideration as well as senators elizabeth warren and tammy duckworth. >> every one of the women we've interviewed is qualified. and i've narrowed it down. >> reporter: the timing for a pick has changed repeatedly but sources say it could come by the middle of next week. or sooner. still, the campaign teasing a fundraiser for donors with biden and his vp, whoever she is. >> joining us now from washington, is there at least one firm deadline biden is up against for the decision? >> reporter: there is, jose.
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biden has blown past a few of his own self-imposed deadlines for this choice but the democratic national convention is only nine days away and he'll need to make a pick before then. jose? >> thank you. overseas now to beirut and violent clashes as protesters demand answers from the government following this week's massive, deadly explosion. matt bradley reports. >> reporter: tonight beirut boils with rage. the explosion that destroyed lebanon's capital now threatening to topple its leaders. >> we are going to keep on fighting. >> reporter: thousands of protesters confronting police, even taking over the foreign ministry building. police firing back with tear gas and rubber bullets. the protesters want a new government and severe punishment for officials who led nearly 3,000 tons of
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ammonium nitrate sit in the city center for nearly seven years. when it ignited tuesday it killed more than 150 people in one of the largest, nonnuclear explosions in history. others just here to help clean up but even this is the kind of protest against an absent government. >> we are taking our destiny into our own hands. we do not believe in this government anymore. >> reporter: most lebanese politicians are avoiding the wrecked neighborhoods but itv news' emma murphy spoke to the country's prime minister at the port. >> reporter: are you afraid of people's fury? >> i am not afraid of people's fury. >> reporter: do they have a right to be furious? >> absolutely they have a right to be angry and furious. >> reporter: an anger that is beginning to look a lot like vengeance. matt bradley, nbc news. for months now millions of americans have been out of work due to the pandemic. each day brings a new challenge, a difficult decision to make. for months we've been following three unemployed americans. steve patterson has their story.
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>> reporter: every day she inches closer to her breaking point. the only currency she has in abundance right now, faith. >> i do a lot of praying. i think about my kids. they need me. i broke down plenty of nights thinking what am i going to do? >> reporter: we first profiled mayweather back in june when black americans were facing their highest unemployment rate in a decade. she lives in atlanta and felt forced to quit her job in april afraid of exposing her three children to covid >> i feel sad because i can't provide for my kids like i normally would. >> reporter: mayweather's eldest daughter diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, her youngest breathing problems. >> if i don't have to take them out i will not take them out. >> reporter: just last week another devastating blow. >> right now i just received the e-mail that i was getting my last check.
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rnment had given to unemployed ammayweather gone. >> i don't know how i'll continue to pay my bills. i'm going to have to borrow i guess and hopefully everything gets paid. >> reporter: in brooklyn, new york -- >> it's been 141 days since i have been out of work. >> reporter: stacy davis lost her job back in april when new york was the epicenter of the pandemic. >> it's becoming very, very frustrating, very alarming, and just very scary. >> reporter: she has since been searching for work and the loss of the extra $600 could mean davis will need to make drastic changes. how much longer can you sustain this before you may have to make that change and go back or figure out something else? >> about another two to three months. and then that's it. >> good morning, everyone. this is victor. a morning diary of how i start my day. >> reporter: for the
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first time in his adult life human resources executive victor patterson was laid off. >> oftentimes my day started with -- linked in. >> reporter: nbc's morgan radford spoke to patterson in the beginning of the summer and several mont search. since then patterson has been locked in an uphill battle. >> you don't have anything tangible to say to your wife or significant other that makes them feel like you're closer. it's tough. >> reporter: he has been spending 12 hours every day searching for the next opportunity. but his hard work paid off. have you had any luck out there? >> i was able to land a global hr director for an organization that is looking to grow well beyond its current revenue position. >> reporter: proof that through perseverance anything is possible. >> it is a battle of your mind. >> reporter: an example of hope during this pandemic. >> there is a shining light at the end of the dark cloud.
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precautions there are some issues. at iowa state university, 66 students tested positive for covid during move-in. the school has set aside space on campus to isolate them. at syracuse a group of students placed on interim suspension for breaking the school's mandatory quarantine. >> the university of notre dame here. >> reporter: back in south bend as students return to campus some are already raising concerns. >> so far socially distancing seems not great. >> reporter: this rising junior is so worried about contracting covid he is taking a leave of absence. his virtual learning application denied. >> i don't want my son sick. i don't want him getting anyone else sick. >> reporter: even notre dame's president is facing some criticism after posing for this picture with students, masked but not distanced. he later apologized. >> i made a mistake. >> reporter: officials say despite their best efforts at prevention, there are measures in place should covid come to campus. >> we'll do everything possible to keep them safe and what we're telling them, also, is
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nationwide that can make health problems like diabetes and asthma much worse. >> high temperatures are not just a nuisance. they really can be a health risk and absolutely be life threatening. >> reporter: this man helped lead a study at the university of maryland showing how dramatically baltimore's brick row houses in areas with few or no trees retain heat. last summer his team put sensors inside seven neighborhood homes where the heat and humidity made it feel as hot as 119 degrees. >> at night as much as 20 degrees hotter inside than it was outside. >> reporter: heat that aggravates her asthma. >> it makes me a little lig o psychological as well? >> it is both because you cannot stay cool, you are -- you can become frustrated. you can become angry. >> reporter: to reduce the heat some cities are planting more
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from the heart and the lotto winner who gave it all away at a time when she needed it most. like so many during this pandemic, she has been struggling. she lost her job and was barely getting by. but her luck suddenly changed last month when she and her daughter found a single dollar bill outside a kansas city supermarket. >> well, my daughter said, mom, get a scratch-off. we were at the bottom of the barrel. what is the worst that can happen? lose a dollar? >> reporter: but they didn't lose. >> so i bought it and i won a hundred dollars and she immediately said let's give it to the officer who got shot. let's give it to his wife. >> reporter: what did you think when she told you that? >> i teared up and agreed immediately. >> reporter: that anonymous $100 gift to a critically injured officer was an enormous sacrifice for the single mom when she so desperately needed the money. it was her way of giving back years after police from that same department helped her during a time of profound grief. providing comfort and support after her
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19-year-old daughter was murdered. >> the detectives that worked my case from the police department, that man was a guardian angel for me in my time of need. he called around the clock, came by to see me. people would say he did his job but he did more than his job. >> reporter: you never forgot that. >> no. how could i? no. >> reporter: but her hundred dollar gift didn't stay a secret for long. kansas city, missouri police sergeant jacob pekina tracked her down telling her story on social media. >> we were blown away almost immediately with responses and comments. people wanting to reach out said how can we get ahold of this woman so we can help her? >> reporter: the officers were so touched by her generosity during her own crisis they started a gofundme for she and her family raising more than $156,000. you didn't even want attention. you just wanted to do it for you and your daughters. >> right. your parents tell you all the time, be a
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blessing to someone and someone will be a blessing to you. i mean, it just comes back. do good and good will ha ay. join me here tomorrow evening with the drastic changes one florida school made to open back up. i'm jose diaz balart reporting. thank you for the privilege of your time. good night. good night. xxxx right now at 4:30. new details about a dramatic shootout in the east bay. who police say is responsible for the gun battle in downtown alameda. plus. >> democrats are actively blocking the things that we want.
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and what we want is good for people. >> bypassing congress, president trump is taking action to extend loyed americans will now be getting. but first, testing yourself for covid-19. the pilot program one east bay city homes will get more people tested, with accurate and quick results. the news at 4:30 starts right now. good evening, everyone. >> as the pandemic grows, so does the push for testing. berkeley is giving people a way to test themselves for covid-19. and they don't have to wait in long lines for results. >> for how that works and what it means for the future of testing, here, in the bay area, here is nbc bay area's ginger. >> reporter: at this pop-up self-testing site at the berkeley school parking lot, the actual process of self-te


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